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Dr Marcelle Dawson

dawsonMA (RAU) DPhil (Oxon)

Chair – Postgraduate Committee
International Advisor
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Contact details

Room 5C16, Richardson Building
Tel +64 3 479 8113
Email marcelle.dawson@otago.ac.nz

My research platform comprises four interrelated themes, namely Social Movements, Protest and Social Transformation; Social Identities; Alternative Futures and Decolonial Studies. In general, I am interested in researching and teaching about social change, and I have a particular interest in alternatives to capitalism.

Teaching

SOCI 102: Cultural and Social Identities.  (See poster for more information).
SOCI 310: Social Movements and Popular Protest.  (See poster for more information).
SOCI 410: Alternative Futures and the Sociological Imagination.  (See poster for more information).

Research interests

Social movements and popular protest
Alternative futures
Social identities
Student activism
Cognitive justice

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications

Dawson, M. C. (online first, 2019). 'Rehumanising the University for an Alternative Future: Decolonisation, Alternative Epistemologies and Cognitive Justice’. Identities – Global Studies in Culture and Power. DOI: 10.1080/1070289X.2019.1611072

Kim, Y. J.; Dawson, M. C. & Cassidy, T. (online first, 2018). ‘Crafting a one-dimensional identity: Exploring the nexus between totalisation and reinvention in an elite sports environment.’ Sport, Education and Society, DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2018.1555660

Dawson, M. C., Rosin, C. & Wald, N. (eds.). 2018. Global Resource Scarcity: Catalyst for Conflict or Cooperation? Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management. London: Routledge/T&F.

Dawson, M. C.; Rosin, C. & Wald, N. 2018. ‘Resource scarcity between conflict and cooperation’. In M. C. Dawson, C. Rosin & N. Wald (eds.). Global Resource Scarcity: Catalyst for Conflict or Cooperation? Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management. London: Routledge/T&F .

Dawson, M. C.; Rosin, C. & Wald, N. 2018. ‘A World Without Scarcity?’. In M. C. Dawson, C. Rosin & N. Wald (eds.). Global Resource Scarcity: Catalyst for Conflict or Cooperation? Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management. London: Routledge/T&F.

Dawson, M. C. 2017. ‘Student Activism Against the Neocolonial, Neoliberal University: Exploring a Sociology of Absences, Emergences and Hidden Fires.' Counterfutures: Left Though and Practice Aotearoa, 4, 53-84.

Jackson, S. J. & Dawson, M. C. 2017. 'The IOC-State-Corporate Nexus: Corporate Diplomacy and the Olympic coup d’état.' South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation, 39 (1&2), 101-111.

Dawson, M. C. 2017. 'CrossFit: Fitness Cult or Reinventive Institution?' International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 52(3): 361-379.  DOI: 10.1177/1012690215591793

Dawson, M. C. 2015. ‘Social Contestation, Citizenship and Modernity in Democratic South Africa.’ In Bringel, B. & J. M. Domingues (Eds). Global Modernity and Social Contestation. London: Sage.

Dawson, M. C. & Sinwell, L. 2015. ‘Ethical and Political Challenges of Participatory Action Research in the Academy: Reflections on Social Movements and Knowledge Production in South Africa.’ In K. Gillan and J. Pickerill (Eds.), Research Ethics and Social Movements: Scholarship, Activism and Knowledge Production. London: Routledge. (Previously published in Social Movement Studies).

Dawson, M. C. & Setshedi, V. 2014. ‘Social Movement Activism in South Africa: Tracing Ebbs and Flows, 2000-2010.’ In A. L. Farro & H. Lustiger-Thaler (Eds). Reimagining Social Movements: From Collectives to Individuals. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Dawson, M. C. & Sinwell, L. (Eds). 2012. Contesting Transformation: Popular Resistance in Twenty-First-Century South Africa. London: Pluto Press.

Dawson, M. C. & Sinwell, L. 2012. ‘Transforming Scholarship: Soberly Reflecting on the Politics of Resistance.’ In M. C. Dawson & L. Sinwell (Eds). Contesting Transformation: Popular Resistance in Twenty-First Century South Africa. London: Pluto Press.

Sinwell, L & Dawson, M. C. 2012. ‘Transforming Contestation? Anti-Capitalist Alternatives in Contemporary South Africa.’ In M. C. Dawson & L. Sinwell (Eds). Contesting Transformation: Popular Resistance in Twenty-First Century South Africa. London: Pluto Press.

Dawson, M. C. 2012. ‘Protest, Performance and Politics: The use of ‘Nano-Media’ in Social Movement Activism in South Africa.’ Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 17(3): 321-345.

Dawson, M. C. & Sinwell, L. 2012. ‘Ethical and Political Challenges of Participatory Action Research in the Academy: Reflections on Social Movements and Knowledge Production in South Africa.’ Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 11(2): 177-191.

Beinart, W. & Dawson, M. C. (Eds). 2010. Popular Politics and Resistance Movements in South Africa. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.

Dawson, M. C. 2010. ‘Phansi Privatisation! Phansi!’: The Anti-Privatisation Forum and Ideology in Social Movements.’ In W. Beinart & M. C. Dawson (Eds). Popular Politics and Resistance Movements in South Africa. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, p. 266-285.

Dawson, M. C. 2010. ‘The Cost of Belonging: Exploring Class and Citizenship in Soweto’s Water War.’ Citizenship Studies 14(4): 381-394.

Dawson, M. C. 2010. ‘Resistance and Repression: Policing Protest in Post-Apartheid South Africa.’ In Handmaker, J. & R. Berkhout (Eds). Mobilising Social Justice in South Africa: Perspectives from Researchers and Practitioners. The Hague: ISS and Hivos, pp. 101-136.

Zeilig, L. & Dawson, M. C. 2008. ‘Student Activism, Structural Adjustment and the Democratic Transition in Sub-Sahara Africa.’ Journal of Higher Education in Africa 6(2&3): 1-31.

Dawson, M. C. 2007. ‘Identity Formation Among Learners at a South African High School: Assessing the Interaction Between Context and Identity.’ Race, Ethnicity and Education 10(4): 457-472.

Alexander, P., Dawson, M. C. & Ichharam, M. (Eds). 2006. Globalisation and New Identities: A View From the Middle. Johannesburg: Jacana Media.

Dawson, M. C. 2006. ‘Students, Activism and Identity.’ In P. Alexander, M. C. Dawson & M. Ichharam (Eds). Globalisation and New Identities: A View From the Middle. Johannesburg: Jacana.

Other scholarly publications

Dawson, M. C. 2003. ‘From Brazil to India: Lessons from WSF III’. Debate - Voices from the South African Left, No. 9.

Dawson, M. C. 2003, ‘Fighting Wars on Different Fronts: The Role of Social Movements.’ Aambeeld/Anvil, 31(1).

Dawson, M. C. 2003. ‘Is Another World Possible?’ South African Labour Bulletin, 27(1).

Dawson, M. C. 2001. ‘Collective Consciousness.’ South African Labour Bulletin, 25(3).

Postgraduate supervision

Current Postgraduate Supervision:

Mariam Abdul-Dayyem: (PhD, Sociology)

Tentative title: “Social media and Everyday Resistance among Palestinians in the West Bank”

Deborah McCabe (MA by coursework, Sociology)

Proposed topic: “Ideology, values and subjectivities amid structural change at universities”

Yoonjin Kim (PhD, School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences)

Tentative title: "Old Practices, Sports Reforms and Sports Coaches in a Quandary: Sports Coaches’ Identities and the Coaching Self"
(Joint supervisor with Tania Cassidy)

Jule Barth (PhD, Geography)

Proposed topic: “Political Subjectivities, Knowledge and Care”
(Co-supervisor with Sophie Bond)

Samwel Oando (PhD, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies)

Proposed topic: "Engendered Conflict Transformation: Space for African Women in Tackling Violent Extremism in Kenya" (Co-supervisor with Richard Jackson)

Tahere Siisiialafia (PhD, Sociology)

Proposed topic: “Community building in Samoa” (Co-supervisor with Patrick Vakaoti)

Recently completed:

Joe Llewellyn (PhD Peace and Conflict Studies)

Tentative title: “Preventing the violence of nonviolence: An exploration of anarcho-pacifism as an antidote to the violence of pragmatic nonviolence” (Completed in 2018)

Amy Foster (BA Honours in Sociology)

“You’re Welcome Here, but…”: Understanding the Role of Mass and Social Media in Shaping Attitudes Towards Refugees in New Zealand (Completed in 2016)

Krzysztof Jankowski (BA Honours in Sociology)

"Everyday Resistances of the Local Food Movement: Individual Action or Collective Social Change?" (Completed in 2013)

Lucert Nkuna (MA Sociology)
(University of Johannesburg)

"Youth Identity and Popular Culture: A study of ‘The Zone’, Rosebank, Johannesburg." (Completed in 2014)

Heather Tluczek (MA Development Studies)
(University of Johannesburg)

"Municipal Service Partnerships in KwaZulu-Natal: Comparing Water Service Provision in Etete and Kwadukuza." (Completed in 2013)

Kgopotso Khumalo (MA Sociology, University of Johannesburg)

“Perceptions and Experiences of the Urban Landless People’s Movement in Acquiring Land: The Case of the Landless People’s Movement in Protea South’ (Completed in 2012)

Kathy Morgan (PhD, University of Johannesburg, Co-supervisor)

“A Discourse Analysis of Current South African School History Textbooks” (Completed in 2011)

Rachélle Koekemoer (MA Sociology, University of Johannesburg, Co-supervisor)

“Community Participation in Water Service Delivery in the Vembe District, Limpopo” (Completed in 2009)

Kurai Masenyama (MA Sociology, University of Johannesburg, Co-supervisor)

“The Influence of Local Content Regulations on ‘National Identity’ Creation: The Case of the South African Broadcasting Corporation Television” (Completed in 2005)